Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection
What We Love
- Guests can request a featherbed for their mattress when they arrive at no additional charge
- Windows in the guestrooms actually open
- Free WiFi
- READ MORE: Where to eat, play and shop in NY
What To Know
- Streetside and deluxe rooms can get noisy; request a room on a higher floor
- Geared toward couples, not families
- No on-site fitness center, but guests of the hotel get passes to nearby New York Sports Club
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Dark wood furniture and red velvet accents set the mood in this 1920s boutique hotel, a throwback that nods to Hollywood glamour. Named for one of New York’s top French restaurants of that time, the Hotel Elysée was once a favorite of New York’s rich and famous. Today the 100-room spot hosts travelers looking for a great location and locals power-lunching at Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar.
Bed and Bath
The 100 guestrooms have a European flair, with antique-style armoires and writing desks and a lush mix of stripes, florals and brocades. Modern amenities include large (but well-hidden) flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Marble bathrooms spoil guests with stately pedestal sinks and Gilchrist & Soames products.
The hotel’s Monkey Bar is such a New York legend that it’s gotten almost as much screen time (Mad Men, Sex and the City) as the celebs who dine here. Try to reserve one of the round booths lining the walls beneath the 1950s murals for the best views of the power lunchers and New York characters downing dirty martinis. Plus, in a throwback to the 1920s, the hotel offers a weekday cocktail reception from 5 to 8 p.m., with champagne, fine wines and plenty of hors d’oeuvres.
How to Get There
We have stayed there three times in the past three years and love to location, the staff, the comfort of the hotel. In addition, it's great to have a continental breakfast an wine and cheese. We'll be back!
We stayed here for four nights and enjoyed every moment. Staff was very friendly and helpful. It seemed that majority of guests are returning visitors, which also speaks for itself. Room was very good size, with a lot of space for clothes. Bed very comfortable. Hotel location cannot be any better, it is simply perfect!
This was our sixth year of staying at the hotel and thank goodness things don’t change. Although we had a different room to our normal room (King Suite)it once again was excellent both in terms of size and facilities. To see the same faces year after year is somewhat comforting and gives an indication that the staff are cared for as much as the guests. To walk into the lounge for breakfast and not only to be remembered but also the type of milk that you have on your cereal is a good indication of the service that prevails throughout the hotel.I know it’s a separate entity but having the Monkey Bar and Monkey Bar Restaurant next door just adds to the whole enjoyment of this Hotel and I look forward to returning in the not too distant future